08. February 2018 - 19:00 till 21:30
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Canada’s Deadly Diplomacy and Mining Justice in Mexico | Thursday, 08. February 2018

More than eight years since the murder of Mariano Abarca, an outspoken community leader in Chiapas Mexico, his son, and a group of Mexican human rights defenders are coming to Canada in search of justice. Mariano led his community's struggle against the social and environmental impacts of Canadian company Blackfire Exploration’s barite mine.

Join us in solidarity with our Mexican guests for an evening of discussion, shared food, and music. We will also be presenting the Toronto premiere of an interactive political exhibit developed in Mexico presenting photos and text describing the social and environmental impacts of the dramatic development of the Canadian mining industry in Canada and abroad.

The delegation includes:
**Luis Abarca – son of Mariano Abarca who was criminalized and then murdered due to his role in the struggle against Blackfire Exploration’s mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas
**Miguel Angel de los Santos – lawyer for the Abarca family from the Human Rights Centre - Autonomous University of Chiapas
**Libertad Díaz – representing human rights and environmental organization Otros Mundos Chiapas
**Miguel Mijangos – representing the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People, with experience working with mining-affected communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca

Note: This event will happen in two parts. We will all start at 7pm in Room 330, 113 McCaul St., OCAD U, for a panel discussion, then move together across the street to the lobby of the main OCAD U building at 100 McCaul St., where there will be a photo exhibit, refreshments, traditional Mexican food (by Santo Pecado Mexican Catering) and Music by Grupo Cascabel. Plus a chance for casual conversation with the delegation members and each other.


• Find up-to-date details on the delegation and further information as it becomes available at justice4mariano.net.
• For more information, contact Raul Burbano burbano@rogers.com or Rachel Small rsmall@canadians.org

Supporting organizations:
MiningWatch Canada, Steelworkers - Humanity Fund, Common Frontiers, MISN: Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, The Council of Canadians, OCAD U Art and Social Change, Inter Pares, Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Social Justice Fund, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group - CSILC, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Carleton University, United for Mining Justice and Centre international de solidarité ouvrière (CISO).
  • After the formal part of the evening is done we'll have some great music by Cascabel Group. Jorge Lopez, Guitar, Yuri Lopez, Guitar & Vocals, Juan Pablo Dominguez, Bass and Osvaldo Rodriguez percussion & Violin. Jorge & Yuri Lopez have been a major attraction at various festivals like the Chinatown Folk Festival, Harbourfront- Day of the Dead Festival, the Canadian National Exhibition ,the Royal Ontario Museum Viva Mexico Showcase,Sunfest, the Kultrun Festival etc. the group toured China in 2014 and Mexico with sold out performances. They have appeared on CBC Radio and CITY TV's Breakfast Television, Televisa and Global network. A magical music journey to Mexico will be presented, also featuring music from the Latin-American world.
  • Nous demandons à @PS_Integrity d'enquêter sur les activités de l'Ambassade du Canada au Mexique pour avoir soutenu l'entreprise Blackfire lorsque Mariano Abarca était en danger et qu'elle le savait. #Justice4Mariano #JusticiaParaMariano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKB9SzP9Uhc&feature=youtu.be
  • Excited to announce that the award-winning activist documentary film-maker Min Sook Lee will be our host and MC for this event! BIO: Min Sook Lee has directed numerous critically-acclaimed feature documentaries, including: Donald Brittain Gemini winner Tiger Spirit, Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature winner Hogtown, Gemini nominated El Contrato and Canadian Screen Award winner, The Real Inglorious Bastards. Lee is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award, and the Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance. Canada’s oldest labour arts festival, Mayworks, has named the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award in her honour. Lee’s most recent feature, Migrant Dreams tells the undertold story of migrant workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. In 2017, Migrant Dreams garnered the prestigious Canadian Hillman Prize which honours journalists whose work identifies important social and economic issues in Canada. Lee is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University, her area of research and practice focuses on the critical intersections of art+social change in labour, border politics, migration and social justice movements.
  • Here are some photos from the group this morning led by José Luis Abarca -- son of Mariano Abarca who was criminalized and murdered while defending his community from Blackfire, a Canadian mining company -- as they submitted a complaint to the office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada in Ottawa. They called on PSIC to investigate the actions of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico the complicity of Canadian officials in the human rights violations committed by Blackfire. #Justice4Mariano www.justice4mariano.net #MarianoVive
  • EXCITING NEWS - This morning, more than eight years since the unsolved murder of Mariano Abarca in Chiapas, Mexico, his son and a group of Mexican human rights defenders presented a submission to the Public Sector Integrity Commission (PSIC) regarding the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and its support for Canadian mining company Blackfire Exploration’s operations in Chiapas. Join us on Thursday to learn more about how you can take action to help pressure PSIC to decide to investigate this complaint. And in the meanwhile - follow this link to write to Joe Friday, the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner http://justice4mariano.net/take-action/
  • #Justice4Mariano
  • This is the context in which Mariano Abarca, and far too many others, were killed. Join us on Thursday to hear from Mariano Abarca's son, and to support their quest for justice and to continue to protect Mexico from harmful extractive projects.
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  • We will be serving up lovely traditional Mexican food from Santo Pecado Mexican Catering at the photo exhibit @ OCAD U building at 100 McCaul St. All are welcomed....
  • I can't figure out how to get tickets for this event. Is it at the door only or? Thanks